This part's exciting...at least to me. I guess I'm a bit of a nerd.
Simple lifestyle changes go a long way in reducing chronic, low-level inflammation.
As I wrote about a few weeks ago, here, chronic, low-level inflammation plays a part in many disorders, such as, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer's, arthritis and more.
When chronic, low-level inflammation shows itself as an auto-immune disease, your body is unable to turn the immune system off. That's basically what's happening before we ever get to a disease state.
The three most common symptoms of chronic, low-level inflammation, are brain-related, joint-related, and digestive system-related. Read more here!
The first two almost always lead back to the digestive system, or gut, even if you don't have any digestive system symptoms.
The three main causes of chronic, low level inflammation are stress, damage to the digestive system, and toxic overload from environment factors. Read more here.
As I wrote in last weeks post, stress and toxic overload, also cause damage to the gut. In fact, researchers are now linking 90% of chronic diseases to an unhealthy gut.
Think about it, when you're feeling stressed, worried, or anxious, where do you feel it? If you're like me, it's right in the pit of your stomach.
How can you fix it?
It's easier than you think, for the most part!
Have you recognized some of the symptoms of chronic, low-grade inflammation in yourself?
If you haven't read my last two articles on inflammation, click here for a description of chronic inflammation and click here for my article on the symptoms of chronic inflammation.
So, what causes chronic, low-level inflammation?
I don't usually eat gluten containing foods much. But this year I hosted Thanksgiving, and I love good old fashioned bread stuffing. My favorite Thanksgiving memories are the smells of onion and celery being sautéed in butter first thing in the morning.
So since I love bread stuffing so much, I made a double batch because I DID NOT WANT TO RUN OUT!
I didn't run out, in fact I had enough for leftovers for at least one dinner and probably a lunch, too.
By Sunday, I woke up with a horrible headache. The kind of headache that doesn't go away with a cup of coffee and doesn't go away by sleeping it off, either.
I knew that it was the gluten, so I swore it off. Again!
I was pretty successful until the Christmas holiday rolled around. It's just too easy to arrive at a holiday party starved and make bad food choices.
So between eating those yummy crackers and cheese, and staying up later than I like, I ended up with the two day headache again the day after Christmas.
Doesn't everyone get headaches?
Last Friday, I went to a speaker event with Deepak Chopra. He was mentioning the connection between inflammation and disease through the entire talk!
Yes...I got excited about that. We won't talk about what that says about me except that I've been working on a video series all about chronic low level inflammation. So I felt vindicated.
Isn't inflammation a healthy response?
The first time I learned that chronic, low level inflammation existed was only five years ago. I think I was experiencing some spring time allergies and I was considering doing an elimination diet.
One of my mentors, Dr. Aviva Romm, recommended a book called, The Ultrasimple Diet, by Dr. Mark Hyman. I wasn't trying to lose weight, I just wanted to follow a plan to eliminate foods that I might be sensitive to.
In the book, Dr. Hyman, introduced the idea that chronic low level inflammation leads to putting on extra weight, or fat, and fat leads to more inflammation.
Did you know that love has a terrific impact on our health?
I'm sure most of you remember falling deeply in love. Especially in the beginning, your whole outlook changes, you look at life through rose colored glasses, and the little things don't bother you so much.
If you have children, you may remember the all-encompassing love when they were first born. How else would we be able to put up with having a being so completely dependent on you and being woken up or taken away from what you’re doing at any moment.
Love is the healthiest of emotions.
When you feel love, you just feel good. You have more energy, you're happier.
Love actually impact the health of our hearts.
I don't normally focus a lot on the heart aspect of health. It's probably just personal. The only heart disease in my family is probably more related to smoking or drinking, not genetic traits. So I just don't think of it much.
Make it happen!
Most people do want to be healthy and feel great.
Then, why isn't it a reality for more people?
The reality is that there's a big difference between want and intention.
Wanting is simply wishing you can have or do a particular thing.
Intending means you've committed to achieving something by making an actionable plan, and sticking to it!
The key to intention is action!
The first step is to get clear on where you are right now and where you want to go. What do you want to accomplish? How do you want your life to be?
This blog was originally posted on December 20, 2016. I've posted it again because this can be a hard time of year and these tips to change your mindset do help.
They don't necessarily change the situation, I know some of you may be going through much bigger things than what I was experiencing last December, being far away from home.
Follow the suggestions anyway... it certainly can't hurt.
Two months in Australia and five weeks in New Zealand.
Sure there were times I missed home, wanted to come home even, but those times were brief. Travelling isn´t easy, but I never seriously wanted to ¨quit the trip¨ as my son once said.
I was excited about coming to Colombia.
The plan is to spend four months in South America with Colombia as our home base. My father in law is Colombian and there is a ton of family here.
We came here with a rough plan of spending time in Bogota over Christmas, then visiting Ecuador, Peru and Chile, coming back to Bogota in between countries. We were happy to be able to stay in one place for a while.
We travelled for more than thirty hours to get to Bogota from New Zealand so we had no problem with resting a bit once we got here.
Then culture shock hit.
I am going to warn you now, spirituality is a big topic, so I'll write about some generalities at the beginning, but then I'm going to tell you a lot about my spiritual journey through ten months of traveling the world with my family.
It's fun and I feel like my view of my spirituality changed quite a bit in that period of time. I'm sure if you contemplate your own spiritual path, you'll find that it has also changed through the years.
The important part to remember is that, we are changeable and unique and what one person may consider spirituality can be very different from another's.
And that's okay! We all have different backgrounds, different stories, and different lives. I think that evolving and growing is the important part on an individual basis.
Why is spirituality important?
Share the Love, Practice Gratitude Every Day to Transform Your Life and the Lives of Those Around You!
Here in the US, we are coming up on Thanksgiving. It's a nice holiday because we get to share food with family and friends, without the extra burden of giving gifts and other more materialistic pastimes. We are able to give thanks for what we have in our lives, in other words, we express our gratitude.
While it's nice to have a day focused on expressing our gratitude, practicing gratitude on a daily basis has many positive effects, some of which you may surprise you.
What is a gratitude practice?
A gratitude practice is simply taking time every day to express gratitude for the blessings in your life. These blessings are often overlooked if we don't consciously take the time to count them.
What happens when we practice gratitude?
Primary Food Part One and a Half: Extroverts and Introverts or the Introverts Survival Guide to the Holidays
Before I move on to intimate and romantic relationships, I'd like to write more about our social needs, both in our friendships and in our intimate lives.
Communication of our needs is an important skill and our needs with regard to the quantity and quality of time we spend with others can differ quite a bit.
As we move into the holidays, it can be the best time of the year for extroverts with all of the holiday parties and gatherings, or it can be an exhausting time of year that makes you want to crawl in bed and sleep for a week when they're over.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Knowing the answer to this question is key to coming up with a strategy for getting through the holidays.
There are many common misconceptions about introverts and extroverts. The first definition that popped up in my search for the definition of an introvert was that an introvert was a shy, reticent person.
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